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Todd and Pat's Mini-Railfan Guide to
Metro-North operates the commuter trains into Stamford out of Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, NYC. Stamford represents your typical New Haven turned MN station. Gone are the low-level platforms and triangular shaped catenary wire :-(
GCT, BTW, just celebrated it's 100th birthday this year, 2013. Service runs seven days a week. Nice story in the February 2013 issue of Railfan & Railroad.
Amtrak trains also stop here.
Stamford is located on Metro-North's New Haven Line, of which the mainline runs to New Haven. This is also Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. In addition, three branches split off and go to New Canaan, Danbury, and Waterbury. They all have great places to photograph at, but there are a couple of especially picturesque places along the water coming into Waterbury, especially in the fall.
The station is about three miles north of the infamous Cos-Cob power station, which before the upgrade, powered everything from GCT to New Haven.
Unless noted otherwise, many thanks to fellow co-worker Pat Spera for the pictures in Stamford, especially all of his detail shots!
Access is very easy off of I-95, which runs right along
the NEC Corridor.
If NB from NYC, take exit 8, take a right at the bottom of the ramp, go to the second street, Station Place and hang a right. Go down till it deadends at Washington Blvd, take a right, and then an immediate right into the station.
If SB on I-95, exit 7 onto N. State St. Take a left at Atlantic St and go under the tracks, then a right onto Station Place, and the rest is as above.
1 Stamford Metro-North Station
These pictures were taken by R33/R36 Mainline, and I found them here, he's got many more on the page!
2 Metro-North Maintenance Facility
3 ex New Haven Stamford Tower
At the Station
Additional information on the ConnDOT site is here
Trains run at various intervals, closer during the rush, less so off peak. Some trains depart minutes apart, while during the lull, trains may be 20-30 minutes apart. The MTA's page for schedules is here, way too many trains to post here.
Last Modified 31-Jan-2014